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One of the finalists to run the city’s recreation program asked this week that a discussion of his candidacy be held in public, rather than in a closed-door session of the screening committee, city records show. Two days after that request, a subcommittee of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission canceled its private session, where members were to discuss the four remaining candidates.
A subcommittee of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission aiming to recommend a new chief executive insisted this afternoon that it is independent, despite following Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s latest wishes on the issue to the letter. An assistant city attorney working with the subcommittee also appeared to admit violating the state sunshine laws; this comes after the subcommittee twice in the past week stumbled over the state Open Meetings Act as it goes about its business.
A subcommittee of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission aiming to appoint a new chief executive adjourned a meeting this afternoon without taking any action, after activist attorney Tracie Washington raised fresh concerns about whether the subcommittee had followed public meetings law. Two city councilwomen have now also said publicly that they favor an outside candidate for chief executive, while Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said he thinks the existing interim director at the agency, Vic Richard, is doing a good job.
A search firm paid $42,000 to find a new city recreation director warned officials today that the longer they take to make a decision, the more likely they are to hire the interim director already in place. The more time the process takes, the less rival candidates are likely to stay in the race, according to the headhunter and one candidate who dropped out of the running Monday.